Life Drawing at the Vintage Emporium

A couple of days ago I finally had a Tuesday evening off work, so I figured I’d spend it in the best possible fashion: a cozy couple of hours of life drawing in the company of my awesome, artsy, Russian friend Tatiana. And where does one find life drawing sessions in London, you might think? Well, not in the traditional evening seminar or class, nope! This is East London, so a chai latte with a side of nudity is nothing to frown upon.

The Vintage Emporium in Bacon Street, just off Brick Lane, hosts life drawings on every Tuesday evening during the winter period – anyone is free to join! You just rock up with pen and paper, or whichever media you prefer to use, and you knock yourself out.

Here are some photos of my drawings from that night:

The first couple of drawings are 2 minute warm-up drawings, so they’re nothing special really. Also, I was trying out my new brush pen, which was quite different from the tools I normally use.

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The second section is 5 minute drawings – also using the brush pen.

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The third section is 10-15 minute drawings using charcoal, which is much more my thing really. I just feel like, I’m able to create a bigger contrast and express myself better!

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And lastly, my favourite of the evening:


The Vintage Emporium is my FAVOURITE cafe in London – quite possibly in the whole world! It’s the first coffee shop I went to after moving to London, and it just feels so safe, comforting and home’y! It even has a sign on the doors, which says “Welcome Home”! It has three dogs roaming free, and it serves the best cake and cozy drinks in Brick Lane + They even do loyalty cards! Well, enough about the Vintage Emporium. I’m sure I’ll have to dedicate a whole blog post later on.


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